The Madras High Court has directed the Tamil Nadu government to file a report on the number of registered newspapers and magazines in the state along with their circulation details.
Justice Kirubakaran, while hearing the plea said, “Now there are many people with criminal backgrounds using press stickers on their vehicles claiming to be a reporter. I want the state government to file a status report on how many cases have been filed against fake journalists for blackmailing and exploitation of businessmen.”
Pointing out that a person who prints two sheets of papers claims to be a reporter or media person and that because of this kind of people, mainstream journalists are being sidelined, the justice said, “Even the genuine journalists didn’t get the accreditation card provided by the state government. The concerned department should file a report on January 21 regarding how many registered papers and magazines along with their circulation details.”
Justice Kirubakaran further observed that there should be some minimum criteria for being a registered magazine or newspaper and all the black sheep should be out of the field. “Along with registered magazines, the state government should file a report on the number of employees in each registered magazine and newspaper and how many accredited cards have been given per newspaper. And also whether there is any scheme for journalists provided by the government in event of any death,” the justice added.